Dance To The Music!

Rylan obviously loves to dance, and sing, and apparently loves the camera too!
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We Love Our Heath!

Those who know me for very long, know of my love for Heath. I am not kidding. There was a time when people  would call me obsessed. From the very first day Heath came to our family, I have been in love! It is easy to see that Rylan loves Heath as much as his momma does.

Here is Rylan playing with Heath. I swear, it doesn’t matter what Heath says to him, he just dies laughing!
What an awesome family we have!

We’re Back on The Solids Again!

Ok, be honest. When you read that title did you do it to the tune of Aerosmith? I sure did ūüôā

That’s right! After stopping solids for over a month, we made an executive parental decision to allow Rylan to have more solids. We put him back on formula only, as per ped’s orders, after he wasn’t showing enough weight gain at his checkups. In fact, in two weeks, he actually lost 5 oz. (though there were lots of other circumstances: time of last meal/ time of last diaper change…) This drop in weight brought him down below the 10th percentile in weight. This means over 90% of kids his age weigh more than him. ūüė¶ (sidenote: this was NOT a problem while I was nursing…stupid¬†gal bladder)

The problem with taking solids away from Rylan was that he missed them. He would look at us longingly, and even voice his displeasure, while we ate. Going back to straight formula has not been¬†successful. Bottles no longer satisfy Rylan. If anything, he gets bored, and refuses to finish them. So, after extensive¬†research¬†(thanks to my crazy knowledge seeking self) we have decided to give him 3 small meals in addition to his formula. I have compiled a list of “calorie rich” solids and have even (begrudgingly) agreed to add butter to his vegetables.¬†Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a¬†reputable source,¬†recommends¬†adding¬†1 tsp per 1/4 cup of food for babies that are not gaining weight.

Here is a recipe I use for his sweet potatoes. I blend it together using our Baby Bullet. I LOVE that thing!

1/2 Cup Boiled Sweet Potatoes
2 tsp Butter
4 tbsp Rice Cereal

Total Calories: 298

We feed this to him in addition to 5oz. of formula (100 calories) for lunch and dinner. He also gets a serving of Gerber blueberry whole-grain yogurt with a bottle in the morning. I would like to make the yogurt myself, but am¬†leery¬†of dealing with such a sensitive process. He also gets 2 more 7oz. bottles. We are hoping this will help him gain the weight he needs without encouraging bad eating habits…he won’t need any help in that area if he follows his parents example :/

As a reward for reading such a long and tedious post (this is really for my own record keeping), here is a video of the first time Rylan tried his blueberry yogurt.

-Ash

Spring Breakin’ It

This spring break has been a busy one for our little family. Here is a recap of our whirlwind week!

We left on Wednesday morning for Saint Augustine with Rylan’s Granny, Poppa, Aunt Steph, Uncle Drew, and Cousin Case. Between shopping, trolley riding, ghost touring, and getting lost a few times, we were exhausted from the trip! Not Rylan though, he had a most relaxing time. He spent most of the time in his stroller walking around town, or in his¬†car-seat¬†on the road. This meant he spent 98% of the trip asleep! It amazes me that even with sleeping much of the day, he still slept all night! Here are a few pics from our trip.

One of the BEST places we ate!

 

Ghost Tour…Drew and Matt were scared ūüėČ

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